New Chief Medical Director Takes Helm At Oauth Amid High Expectations

New Chief Medical Director Takes Helm at OAUTH Amid High Expectations

Prof. John Okeniyi has been appointed as the new Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) in Ile-Ife, Osun State. The appointment comes directly from President Bola Tinubu and is effective from August 24, 2023.

The announcement was made in a press release by Patricia Deworitshe, the Director of Information at the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The initial term for Prof. Okeniyi is set for four years.

Daju Kachollom, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, presented the appointment letter. He emphasized the need for an effective and responsive healthcare system in Nigeria.

Prof. Okeniyi expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government. He pledged to work diligently and collaboratively to improve the healthcare services at OAUTH. He also vowed to address the ongoing internal issues within the hospital.


The appointment of Prof. John Okeniyi as the new Chief Medical Director of OAUTH is a pivotal moment for healthcare in Nigeria. The role comes with immense responsibility and the expectation to overhaul a system plagued by inefficiencies and internal strife.

The Federal Government’s decision to appoint Prof. Okeniyi is commendable. However, the real work begins now. The new CMD must focus on fostering a culture of excellence and accountability within the hospital.

This involves not just medical expertise but also administrative understanding to manage the complexities of a large teaching hospital.

Moreover, the government must ensure that Prof. Okeniyi has the resources and support to implement meaningful changes. This includes adequate funding, skilled manpower, and the autonomy to make critical decisions that align with the hospital’s mission and the broader healthcare objectives of the nation.

The stakes are high, and the Nigerian populace is watching. Prof. Okeniyi must rise to the occasion and set a precedent for effective healthcare leadership in the country.

His success or failure will impact OAUTH and be a litmus test for healthcare governance in Nigeria.

Did You Know?

  • There are 6,129 hospitals in the United States, offering a contrast to the healthcare landscape in Nigeria.
  • The total number of staffed beds in all U.S. hospitals is 919,649.
  • In the U.S., there are 1,800 rural community hospitals, highlighting the importance of healthcare access in less populated areas.
  • The total number of admissions in all U.S. hospitals is 34,011,386.
  • A “hospital system” is defined differently across countries; the U.S. includes multi-hospital and diversified single-hospital systems.


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